A tribute to a quiet professional

September 22, 2015 – 11:28 am
This young man. Nick Travkin. Son of the CEO and Founder of RMAX International, Nikolay Travkin. When I met Nick, he was running under the heavy bags in one of the gyms where I presented. I can't even remember how long ago, though nearly 20 years with my business partner, and best man, Nikolay, has been filled with great memories, great challenges, and greater personal triumphs. What I love in his son is embodiment. Not merely the physical specimen he has become - a walking billboard for CST and TACFIT - but more importantly the man he has become, a leader in our company and among our strategic allies, a leader in our brands and our systems, and a leader in our community and organization. One short story exemplifies Nick for me: with odd numbers this weekend in Chicago, one coach candidate did not have an athlete upon whom to test applying ...

What Non-Leaders Can’t See

September 22, 2015 – 11:28 am
Non-leaders and aspiring leaders cannot differentiate between width and depth of responsibilities. They confuse the perspicacity - the granularity of situational awareness and error-prediction - with multi-tasking, so to them, leaders just look like they're doing more things. But leaders are actually doing less by strategizing better, to adapt faster to the actual outcomes of initiatives. To behave as a leader, your awareness must extend not merely to the present moment of all variables in the environment, but to predict the flow and collision of those variables in the future, to all of the variations of those potential problems (or successes), to have mentally prepared actionable solutions to each of those outcomes if/when they erupt, and the rapid mental agility to adjust the solutions to how the actual challenges manifest (because shit never goes as planned, even when the outcome is "successful"). Chris Greenhill has been with or community for years. He has ...

Restrictions hold your strength hostage

September 22, 2015 – 11:27 am
Before training can set your strength free, you must discover which restriction holds it hostage. There are two forces in you: driving and restrictive. If you stomp on the accelerator before removing the emergency brake, you'll get hurt. But if you train intelligently, it requires zero cost to remove the brakes and receive significant results... And then, you can choose to accelerate injury free. ‪#‎TACFIT‬ ‪#‎511Tactical‬ a2a_linkname="Restrictions hold your strength hostage";a2a_linkurl="http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/?p=2727";

How to Fail Successfully and Pass Unsuccessfully

September 22, 2015 – 11:26 am
Integrity: being willing to fail successfully rather than pass unsuccessfully. Never give up your technique for a mere point. The quantity is merely the journey; quality - the destination. HOW you perform demonstrates the height you've set the bar. The TACFIT legion inspires in every country because of their high bar of integrity. They'd rather sacrifice an achievement than sacrifice form. That is integrity. #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="How to Fail Successfully and Pass Unsuccessfully";a2a_linkurl="http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/?p=2726";

Be the 1%

September 22, 2015 – 11:24 am
In every class, 10% shouldn't even have come due to their lack of preparation, 80% arrive ready to learn, 9% are already solid trainers, and we are fortunate to have them. Ah, but one, 1% are fully prepared in head, heart and hand to be true coaches, and become those who lead everyone else to betterment. Be the one. #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="Be the 1%";a2a_linkurl="http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/?p=2725";

Everyday Carry: What’s Your EDC?

September 22, 2015 – 11:23 am
After yesterday's departure kit photo, some asked about my carry. When I travel, I wear 5.11 Stryke pants because I don't keep any documents or valuables in a bag in the event that I sleep, need to move fast without losing or bouncing contents or to grab exactly what I need quickly without dislodging other gear. The side pockets have multi compartments which hold my gear secure. I keep my waterproofed phone in my left pocket in front so I can feel it vibrate since I always mute it, and in the rear compartment my A6-G FliteLite flashlight which also serves as a kubaton. In my right side pocket, my passport and boarding passes in the front compartment let me easily grab ID without digging. In the rear, I keep my cash, credit cards and license wrapped in a rubber band so I don't have to take it out in a metal detector. Hanging ...

How to Build a Leader: By Yourself

September 15, 2015 – 10:55 am
When the challenge is significant enough, the greatest difficulty is accepting the strong possibility that, even with optimal preparation, you may fail on any given day. Integrity is your capacity to hold your quality rather than sacrifice it for an achievement. Would you be willing to fail at a goal rather than give up your integrity? Most of us don't really know until given the opportunity to discover our character. The level two certification in TACFIT has the fitness industry's most demanding physical examinations but that isn't the hardest part of this battery of exams. After performing physical tests that push you even beyond 100%, and requiring you to rapidly recover to less than 80%, then you must perform the most scrutinizing mental and written exam in motor analysis and coaching psychology. When the body is most compromised can ...

Do not fear discomfort

September 15, 2015 – 10:54 am
Don't let society's fear of liability conceal the truth of your growth. Don't fear discomfort. Fear not learning from it. If you're never uncomfortable, you're never outside your comfort zone, and will never grow. Even rehabilitating an injury often involves highly uncomfortable therapy. It wasn't the advancement of knowledge, but the avoidance of liability which moved us from the belief of "no pain - no gain" to "any discomfort - no benefit." When a "professional" tells you that you should avoid anything uncomfortable, they're concerned about their own welfare, not yours. Step outside your comfort zone. A stronger, healthier you awaits. #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="Do not fear discomfort";a2a_linkurl="http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/?p=2722";

Exercise: Your Most Powerful Ally or Executioner

September 15, 2015 – 10:54 am
Exercise can be your most powerful ally or most terrible executioner purely depending how you train. Train with technique designed to improve make you injury-resistant, or put a different priority first: physique, strength, speed, etc. You may become powerful now, but your adaptive ability is more powerful: eventually you'll adapt to all of the poor quality repetitions you've made. And injury will come. You'll lose all those ill-gotten gains, and have a choice to start over better, or repeat the same self-hazing tail-chase. Choose technique with quality and a purpose. Was a technique designed to make you injury-proof? One tree can make a million matchsticks but one match can burn a million trees. Grow so you don't burn. #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="Exercise: Your Most Powerful Ally or Executioner";a2a_linkurl="http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/?p=2721";

The “US” of USA - 9/11

September 15, 2015 – 10:53 am
Always wearing Red, White and Blue. Always carrying the "US" of America in my heart, head and hand. #TACFIT #NeverForget #511Tactical a2a_linkname="The \"US\" of USA - 9/11";a2a_linkurl="http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/?p=2720";